Sex Addiction Help

What is sexual addiction?

According to The Meadows (an addiction and psychological trauma treatment center), the term ‘sexual addiction’ describes an individual having an unusual fascination with or fixation on sex. Preoccupation about sex takes over and controls an addict’s thinking, making it difficult to work effectively or manage healthy personal relationships. Despite the possibility that their actions may eventually carry harmful consequences, sex addicts often indulge in a variety of high-risk, acting-out behaviors.

What are the effects of sexual addiction?

For people struggling with compulsive sexual thoughts or behavior, life can be fraught with anxiety. Many who get caught up in compulsive sexual behaviors find themselves leading a “double life” with the terror of being caught, combined with a profound sense of shame. Perhaps the person grew up with a deep sense of feeing “not good enough” or defective. Giving in to the compulsive behaviors may medicate or shield one from difficult feelings temporarily, but soon the painful feelings return (often compounded with guilt and shame), and the compulsivity kicks in again. Often a sense of hopelessness sets in when an individual realizes that one’s best efforts to stop the behavior are clearly not working.

When is a behavior a “problem” to be monitored and when is it an addiction?

Some important questions to ask are, “Am I experiencing life-damaging consequences that are adversely affecting my work, finances, self-esteem, or relationships? Am I risking something that’s important to me (relationship, job, possible legal or health problems)? Can I stop if and when I want to?” Working with a skilled, compassionate therapist can assist with healing, insight, and developing new and life-affirming patterns of bevahior. For many recovering from sex addiction, the therapeutic process enables them to experience true intimacy in their relationships for the first time.

I can help you transform the addictive cycle and discover serenity. I can review options for treatment with you in a safe, confidential setting. You have choices. Feel free to call or email me to discuss them.

I am a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) and a member of IITAP (International Institute of Trauma and Addcition Professionals). I am also trained in EMDR, a treatment modality for healing trauma.

I have offices in Berkeley in the Elmwood neighborhood, and in Oakland near Lake Merritt. I work with adults in both individual therapy and couples work. Specializing in sex addiction therapy in Berkeley and Oakland.

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Berkeley, CA 94705

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Oakland, CA 94610
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